Below,Taylor Armstrong is pictured out drinking following her appearance on WWHL, Teresa Giudice at a book signing, Alexis Bellino goes shopping with hubby Jim, Kelly Bensimontakes a walk, A close up of Adrienne Maloof’s face! Countess LuAnn steps out with two of the new RHONY housewives, Kandi Burruss and Phaedra Parks attend an event! Plus more photos of Melissa Gorga, Kyle Richards, Sonja Morgan, Rachel Zoe& more!
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Retaliating against Angelo Vrohidis’interview alleging that Melissa was a stripper at Lookers nightclub in Elizabeth, NJ; Melissa claims she can “prove” she was nothing of the sort by producing payroll sheets which list her as a “bar maid.” TMZ is reporting that Melissa’s lawyer obtained a “sworn affidavit” from club owner Chris Kontos that states Melissa “worked solely in the capacity as a bartender.” A copy of that affidavit is below.
The affidavit denies that Angelo ever managed Melissa, then Melissa Marco (her maiden name), during her part-time employment at Lookers and that her actual manager was named Larry Guarino, who previously stated: “She was a bartender for a couple of months years ago, it was such a short time. She was never ever a dancer.”
Melissa’s lawyer, James Leonard Jr, is warning the media and any would-be claimants that if they continue to besmirch Melissa’s reputation they will be sued! “At this time we are aggressively pursuing the commencement of litigation against any and all individuals, in any jurisdiction, who have or continue to disseminate false statements against Melissa Gorga.”
Apparently her quest for fame and the constant accusations about her past has taken its toll on Melissa’s marriage to Joe Gorga as she recently confessed to HollywoodLife, that it’s been stressful.
“This year, to be honest with you, I feel like there is a lot of stress from the show and being in the public eye,” Melissa revealed, while attending the Reeve Foundation Magical Evening Gala at NYC’s Cipriani Wall Street. ”All I want from my husband is to just… I just want to make sure we keep this bond that him and I have.”
“I don’t want to let anything or any person break it,” she added. “That to me is the most important thing because we had an amazing life before we entered this show. And we still do and I don’t want to let anything break it. I know this business can break you sometimes.” Perhaps she now understands how sister-in-law, Teresa Giudice feels…
Here’s my opinion: Melissa has a right to not want her past exposed, whether she is embarrassed that she worked in a strip club (in any capacity) or not or just doesn’t want people digging into her past, but she went on a national television show to expose her “real life” so she has to expect curiosity from the public beyond just what she wants us to see.
We know Melissa wants the world to view her as the happy and privileged wife of a prominent real estate developer, a loving mother, backstabbing sister-in-law and a hopeful singer — and we do see her that way, but like all of us Melissa has a past. Perhaps it’s a salacious past that she is ashamed of, perhaps not.
But here’s the thing, Melissa has no problem exposing, commenting on and discussing Teresa’s embarrassing moments, negative behaviors, family discord as well as financial issues to the media and the world. So is it really fair of her to demand that no one discuss her own situations? She didn’t mind when everyone was accusing Teresa of all sorts of misdeeds, but now she’s suing anyone who says something about her she doesn’t want to hear and getting into Twitter fights with people who don’t like her song? #JayMohr.
Melissa should let stripper-gate go. Drawing more and more attention to it pretty much guarantees that the media, the networks, the blogosphere are going to keep speculating about it. Melissa has a lot going for her and seems to have a pretty lovely life. She should focus on the positives. We know Melissa reads RT (she Tweeted that she loves it) so a little advice from me: the truth will come out whatever it is, so go practice singing and accept that you’re “On Display!”
THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? DO YOU BELIEVE MELISSA WAS A STRIPPER OR JUST DESPERATE TO PROVE THAT IT’S ALL A LIE? THOUGHTS ON MELISSA’S COMMENTS ABOUT HER MARRIAGE?
Teresa, Teresa, oh, Teresa. I feel slighted, as if I was in the presence of greatness knowing that the Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Skinny Italian was mere ninety minutes away from me, answering questions openly and honestly (ahem) in my tiny home state’s capitol. Maybe she will, as she recently opened up about her husband’s dinner date at TGIFriday’s!
Going on The Wendy Williams Show recently, Teresa isn’t just defending herself, but also her marriage and finances. When questioned about whether she was the only housewife in financial strife, Teresa took the high road refusing to speculate about the business of her cast mates (and former friends). Of Juicy Joe Guidice’s and her situation, she explains, “Joe and I are both hard workers. We just withdrew from bankruptcy.”
Wendy Williams then asked about those dreaded rumors of infidelity, sparked by pictures of Juicy dining with another woman at TGIFriday’s. That Joe is one big spender, eh? Teresa assures Wendy, “That was a friend of ours.” She continues, telling a story about dining recently with a hot male companion who is friends with the couple. Teresa was thankful she wasn’t photographed with him to start the gossip mill swirling. “It’s not fair that just because you are out with a friend, you are cheating on your spouse,” she tells Wendy. Teresa loves her Juicy Joe.
You know who else she loves? Donald Trump, the man that is helping her expand her brand on Celebrity Apprentice. You know who she may not love as much? Her rumored co-star and competitor on the upcoming season, Victoria Gotti. Not to be outdone by Teresa, Victoria showed up on The Wendy Williams Show hinting about a brewing feud between Mrs. Guidice and herself. While never out-right confirming her spot on the reality competition, Gotti teases, “I recently worked with someone on a project, and that person is a fellow Italian woman …” Follow-up questions from Wendy made it pretty clear that fellow lady was Teresa.
A shocked Wendy admits, “In my mind you guys would be friends,” to which Gotti replies, “In my mind we were too. But then there comes a scene… when my mind gets completely blown… So you’re going to see this on TV, it’s a quite a blow-up… I thought it was gonna get a little physical there. Nene and Starr, I mean, that was like nothin’.’” I honestly can’t say I’m surprised to hear that. I’d kind of like to see Teresa and Nene go head to head!
While Victoria Gotti may not be hanging out with Teresa anytime soon, the same may be said for Melissa Gorga. The upcoming holidays always bring together fun, family and lots of stress, and Melissa and husbandJoe Gorga may be choosing less stress over more family time. In a recent interview, Melissa admits that Christmas plans have yet to be made. She says, “It’s yet to be determined. Sometimes when something stresses you out and when you have to think to hard about something, sometimes it’s better to stay away for a little while.”
While Melissa would love for the cousins to enjoy the holidays together, it seems that Teresa may be the roadblock. Melissa reveals, “If it were up to me, we would be together every single Christmas Eve. Our children would be opening presents together. We’d be sharing every single Christmas together.”
Joe Gorga agrees. When it comes to his sister Teresa, he knows she can bring unwanted drama. Joe concurs, “There’s certain things you just can’t forgive and forget. It’s a holiday. You want to enjoy it. You want to be happy. You don’t want to be aggravated. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I want to be happy.”
Melissa, however, remains hopeful. “I just really hope that we can all work this out. We all have such amazing opportunities here. We’re all great people.” She continues, “Everyone’s talented. Everyone has amazing families. We all just need to let it go and work it out. It’s the holidays and that’s it. I don’t want to say anything else. We really need to work it out.”
And finally, last night, Teresa spoke at a library benefit (of all things!) in Columbia, South Carolina. In an interview prior to her appearance, Teresa was asked about her reality star status. Teresa reveals, “I’m really humble and really down to earth. I don’t walk around saying that. I’m still true to who I am.” Cough, cough. She continues, “I’m still the same person. The way they portray you on TV, that’s not who you really are. I’m really, real, and I think my true friends know who I really am. They’re just really protective of me.”
However, Teresa admits she has a feisty side (table flipping, anyone?), but she explains, “I stand up for myself if I believe in something. If I have to state my case, I have to state it. If I’m wrong, then I’ll keep my mouth shut.” Is that how it works? Even when discussing Bravo’s Andy Cohen and his not so gentle ribbing of she and her husband, Teresa laughs, exclaiming, “[T]hat’s his job. And I love Andy. I’m a big girl and I can defend myself.”
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TERESA’S INTERVIEW? ARE YOU SHOCKED THAT SHE AND VICTORIA GOTTI WILL SPAR ON THE UPCOMING SEASON OF CELEBRITY APPRENTICE? SHOULD THE GORGAS AND THE GUIDICES CALL A TRUCE FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
Meanwhile, Melissa Gorga, pictured above with hubby Joe Gorga, attended the Zenvo ST-1 50S launch at the Liberty House Restaurant last week in New Jersey! Melissa helped launch the Zenvo ST-50S automobile. Produced in Denmark, the car is worth a cool $1.8 million!
Below are more photos of Melissa and Joe with the car! And finally, Dina Manzo got a new tattoo and a picture of that is below as well!
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Just when you thought the whole Porsche Fashion Show drama and stripper-gate was over, it has now been reopened all thanks to Angelo Vrohidis, who just happens to have been the General Manager for the Lookers strip club in New Jersey for over 13 years.
In what happens to be his first interview since the drama exploded in September, Angelo, former boss of Melissa Gorga, shockingly reveals she was indeed a stripper at his strip club and not a bartender as she has stated in the past. W.O.W.Z.E.R.S.
In the bombshell interview with the AllAboutTrh.com blog, Angelo talks Melissa’s alleged stripping past and admits he was at the Porsche Fashion Show, but denies Teresa Giudice had anything to do with his appearance there. Our sources have, however, insisted to us that Teresa was in 0n the plan to expose Melissa.
Below are excerpts from Angelo’s interview -
AllAboutTRH: Was Melissa Gorga a dancer at Lookers, or a bartender like she claims? Vrohidis: She was a dancer.
AllAboutTRH: How long did she dance for? Vrohidis: It was less than a year
AllAboutTRH: So you attended the fashion show? Vrohidis: Correct
AllAboutTRH: Did Teresa Giudice contact you to attend the fashion show? Vrohidis: No.
AllAboutTRH: So is it true that you went up to Melissa and as soon as she saw you, she ran to the bathroom? Vrohidis: No, actually, I was at the bar talking to some friends because a lot of my friends were at this event. I began talking to my friend, Mike, and his wife. We all started walking back over to our table. I happened to see Melissa so I walked up to her and said hello. She looked like she recognized me and seemed very, very embarrassed and shocked. I just said hello and briefly had a conversation with her and then sat down. I stayed for a while and then I left.
AllAboutTRH: Were you there when Melissa’s husband came to the event? Vrohidis: No, I had left. I received a phone call and had to be somewhere else. I had no idea her husband was coming and had no idea any of that stuff was going to happen. It’s not my place to know that.
AllAboutTRH: I heard you had a microphone on you, is that true? Vrohidis: Yes I did. I was asked to help promote my friend, John’s, salon and I was at the salon while Teresa was getting her hair done. Everyone in the salon had a mic on them.
AllAboutTRH: I heard Teresa was getting blamed for you being there and you were mic’d because Teresa knew that you used to work with Melissa. Vrohidis: No. I did not know Teresa at all. Teresa knew nothing about this. When she was at the salon getting her hair done, I introduced myself to her and Kim D was there. I said hello and told her, you know I know your sister in law. She used to work for me. And she was very shocked. I never met the girl before in my life. That was my first time.
AllAboutTRH: What did she respond back to you when you told her Melissa danced at lookers? How did she react? Vrohidis: I don’t want to say too much but she was very defensive of Melissa and said, “Listen don’t talk about my family like that.” She didn’t like the fact that I mentioned that Melissa and I worked together. I apologized to her repeatedly and told her that I had no idea she didn’t know. You know, I would assume she would know this about her sister-in-law. But you’ll see what happens when it airs.
AllAboutTRH: So she didn’t dance for years? Vrohidis: No. It wasn’t even for a year. I don’t know what she did before that nor do I know what she did after that… My friends from ‘Lookers’ did contact me but there also have been people that I have spoken to who claim Melissa tried contacting people from ‘Lookers’ to tell them to say she was only a bartender, not a dancer.
Vrohidis: I wasn’t out to hurt anyone. I just met the girl (Teresa) at the salon and said to her, I know your sister in law. I didn’t know anything was going to happen. I wasn’t trying to be malicious or hurt anyone. That’s not my intention and I’m just not that kind of person. Vrohidis: Dancing is not a bad thing so I don’t know why she is denying it. A lot of girls I know that danced have made such a name for themselves. I know dancers who have become nurses and someone who is a lawyer right now. I’m glad to see Melissa do something good for herself… She’s going to keep denying it because she’s already denied it so many times. But do a lot of people know? Absolutely. Of course they know.
This is all the more interesting as the manager of the club, Larry Guarino, who reportedly worked under GM Angelo, came out last month stating Melissa was only a bartender. Was Larry lying to protect Melissa or simply telling the truth? The mystery continues…
As for Melissa, she remains adamant she was never a stripper. After this interview came out, she tweeted: “Btw, I feel for him, I hear he has a major drug problem… Don’t wish it on anyone..” She later deleted that tweet citing it wasn’t right to out someone’s drug problem. If Melissa was a past stripper, she would be in good company as former RHONJ starDanielle Staubhas admitted to her past as a stripper, whileJacqueline Lauritais also rumored to have been a past stripper in Las Vegas.
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Melissa Gorga is speaking out about her real life as a working mom. The wannabe pop star and Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member is insisting that despite her busy schedule of non-stop appearances and promotions for her budding singing career and reality stardom she doesn’t have a nanny, housekeeper or cook.
In an interview with HollyBaby, Melissa reveals that she does all the work maintaining her luxury 15,000 square foot home as well as caring for her three young children — by herself! #yeahright. “I have no cooks, no nannies, no housekeepers, none of that,” she insists. “I like doing it myself. If it ever gets to a point where I’m completely overwhelmed, then of course you have to. For now I’m good.” That must be a Gorga thing — because sister-in-law Teresa Giudice claims the same thing!
Melissa shares that it has been an adjustment transitioning from full-time stay at home mom to career gal with outside obligations. “It’s difficult for me because I’m so used to being with them 24 hours a day,” she explains. “Now I have to take myself away sometimes and have a babysitter step in. It’s hard to let go because I want to be there for every single thing.”
“When I’m home, we’re all sitting down together,” she describes of incorporating family time. “We eat dinner together. My husband [Joe Gorga] has a lot of the same values as I do, which works great for us because we teach our children a lot of respect for their parents and to spend time with us. We don’t just plop them in front of a TV and walk away. We want to talk to them. We sit around the dinner table together every single night.”
For those of you who seem to remember Melissa bragging admitting that she had a nanny (or 2) or saw her nanny filming with the family at both Gia Giudice’s gymnastics event and Kathy Wakile’s Christmas Eve party, you are not alone, as many fans questioned Melissa about it on Twitter!
Melissa replied that the so-called nanny was actually a visiting Au pair from Argentina that has since returned home, Tweeting:“FYI, the young girl at xmas was an aupair from Argentina! she was here for 3mths going to school & baby sat when I needed her. Xo”
Melissa added “She went back home in January 10months ago…. xo I do use a new babysitter now when I need her…. my mother & sisters help me a lot! Xo” Does anyone else remember Melissa and her sister Lysa Simpson making fun of Teresa on the show for not having a nanny and relying on her mother for childcare?
Melissa, also responding to a fan that insulted her cooking, gave a shout-out to her SIL on Twitter replying with “go scratch!”
Since no RHONJ interview would be complete without discussing Teresa, Melissa also took some time to talk about the on-going issues she has with sister-in-law. Melissa once again claims she is taking the high road and trying to consider their children. “You try to cover it up as much as you can and for as long as you can,” says Melissa, who apparently believes covering up a family feud means appearing on a reality show where the plot line centers around said feud and discussing it constantly in the media. This seems to be modus operandi of the entire NJ crew!
“There’s no reason why a young child should see their aunts or uncles or any grown adults not being able to get a long. They just want to love their aunts. The want to love their uncles,” she confesses. “So to bring them in is selfish and it’s mean. Just to make them side with you, it’s terrible,” she remarks, perhaps alluding to Gia’s comments that Melissa controls her husband, Joe.
When she’s not dealing with her reality show, family, husband or sister-in-law from hell, Melissa is hard at work on her next single! Hey – she’s keeping AutoTune in business! “My next single is coming out soon. It’s called ‘How Many Times’ and it’s a song dedicated to my husband. I’m really excited for people to hear it.” Le sigh.
Speaking of Joe Gorga, apparently he and cousin-in-law Richie Wakile believe they need a reality show of their own! Real Househusbands of New Jersey + Greggy Bennett, anyone? “From your mouth to Bravo’s ears. Seriously, call Bravo and let them know,” Joe begged WetPaint Entertainment. “We want it to happen,” Richie agreed. “We’d love that.” Yes – but will the fans?
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DO YOU BELIEVE MELISSA DOESN’T HAVE ANY HELP WITH HER CHILDREN OR HER HOME? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT MELISSA’S NEW SINGLE? WOULD YOU WATCH A RHHONJ (REAL HOUSEHUSBANDS OF NEW JERSEY) SHOW STARRING JOE AND RICH? I SURE WOULDN’T!
Below,more pictures of Melissa Gorga,Teresa Giudice and husband Joe Giudice pictured on the set of Celebrity Apprentice, Taylor Armstrong, Kyle Richards and Adrienne Maloof step out for an event, Nene Leakes and Cynthia Bailey at the RHOA viewing party, Jill Zarin pictured in NYC, Ramona Singer pictured at her wine signing. Plus more photos of Kathy Wakile, Marlo Hampton, Rachel Zoe& more!
Also below, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Snooki, JWoww, Holly Madison, Maksim Chmerkovskiy& more!
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